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Teaching kids what matters most...the art of being a gracious host and a thankful friend!

Recently I ran across this quote by Elsie De Wolfe that said "Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you."  I believe this wholeheartedly.  I believe in teaching this to my children as well.  With spring break still in our rear view mirror, and summer vacation just a few stops down the road, children will be hosting pint sized get-togethers more often now.  

My daughter just turned five and hosted her first ever sleepover.  We talked a lot about inviting some of her close friends and what it entails to have guests over to your house for a short play date or overnight stay. 

Being a gracious host is hard enough for an adult, and it is definitely hard for a child.  We have to share our space, belongings, and attention.  This birthday girl was up for the challenge and had a wonderful time giggling the night away with her little friends!
We set her room up for the party. Kaitlyn helped with all of the planning she chose what things she wanted to do at her party as well as what favors her guest would receive. She wanted all of her little friends to have pajamas for the party so we picked out some fabric and enlisted the grandmas and their sewing machines. My mom Grandma DD made the pants, and Miss K and I ironed on the initials for the shirts, Grandma J embroidered around each one giving them a finished look for a lot less that traditional monogramming. To make shirts like this use iron on adhesive, cut out your shape and letter then use the iron to adhere them to a shirt. The embroidery around the letters help them to stay in place without fraying. The girls looked so adorable in the matching pajamas. They had a great night filled with dress up, pizza making, ice cream sundaes and of course some popcorn and a movie! It was exactly the kind of pajama party my little 5 year old was dreaming of!

We just love these adorable spoons from The Bakers Confections they sell the most adorable items for parties. We found matching chevron straws and chevron treat bags there as well. They were perfect little popcorn bags. The straws were a hit as well, the girls just loved the bright colors!

 The cake was designed to match the invites I designed you can find them at  Magic by Marcy A local friend here in town has a passion for creating these amazing cakes. She does such a fabulous job!

 Kaitlyn had such a great time with her little friends......her first party she has hosted was a total success. Right now Kaitlyn is busy working on her thank you notes from the party....she is already a better hostess than her mommy....my thank you notes always seem to be a little late...oops! Whether they are late or right on time they are a must, this time old tradition of personally writing a little note of appreciation teaches children the value of being thankful as well as appreciating the effort of their peers.

Keep a few thank you notes handy around the house for your child to write on when an occasion arises. Or print a few for your desk at school or your home office....everyone loves a little thank you!
 To print, right click and save the image. Insert into a word document and drag corners to resize as needed. After printing just cut the note out and use the back for your thank you note.

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